John Leslie Foster

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John Leslie Foster, FRS (c. 1781 – 10 July 1842) was an Irish Tory Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom Parliament.

He was the son of William Foster, Bishop of Clogher (1744-1797) and nephew of John Foster, 1st Baron Oriel. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

From 1807 to 1812 he represented Dublin University, having first contested the seat in 1806. He returned to the bar, but in 1816 was brought back to Parliament as member for Yarmouth, a rotten borough on the Isle of Wight which could be relied upon to return government nominees.

At the 1818 general election, he was elected for both Lisburn and Armagh City. He chose to sit for the latter constituency and served from 1818 to 1820.

From April 1818 until its abolition in 1826, he was Counsel to the Commissioners of the Irish Board of Customs and Excise.

Between 1824 and 1830 he was the MP for County Louth, and from 1825 was a director of the Drogheda Steam Packet Company. He also acted as Mayor of Drogheda during this period.

On 24 June 1824, he was appointed to the Royal Commission for inquiring into the nature and extent of the Instruction afforded by the several Institutions in Ireland established for the purpose of Education where he served with the other Commissioners: Thomas Frankland Lewis, William Grant, James Glassford and Anthony Richard Blake.[2]

Following his retirement from politics, John Leslie Foster was appointed as a Baron of the Court of Exchequer of Ireland on 16 July 1830. [3]

He served as Treasurer of King's Inns from 1832-33 and from 1838-39.


  1. ^ "Foster, John Leslie (FSTR801JL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ A copy of the Report of the Commission is available at: (accessed 18/11/2012)
  3. ^ Morning Post, 19 July 1830.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Knox
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
Succeeded by
William Conyngham Plunket
Preceded by
Richard Wellesley and
Sir Henry Montgomery, Bt
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth
With: Richard Wellesley to 1817
Alexander Maconochie 1817–1818
John Singleton Copley 1818
Succeeded by
William Mount and
John Taylor
Preceded by
Daniel Webb Webber
Member of Parliament for Armagh City
Succeeded by
William Stuart
Preceded by
Thomas Skeffington and
John Jocelyn
Member of Parliament for County Louth
With: John Jocelyn to 1826
Alexander Dawson from 1826
Succeeded by
John McClintock and
Alexander Dawson